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The Best Muppets Christmas Shows and Movies

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The Best Muppets Christmas Shows and Movies

The Best Muppets Christmas Shows and Movies

Celebrate Christmas With The Muppets

Do you love The Muppets? Are you curious about what Christmas specials they starred in? If so, you've come to the right place for on this page we are having a Christmas celebration starring Jim Henson's Muppets because we love The Muppets.

On this page you will find a discussion of Disney's Muppet-themed A Christmas Carol but we won't finish there for we'll learn a bit about the five other Muppets Christmas specials that are all readily available for your holiday viewing pleasure.

If you love the Muppets, you will love this list and oh yes, speaking of lists, you will find an actual list of the shows at the bottom of this page.

Merry Christmas!

Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy (1986)

The Muppets' The Christmas Toy DVD

The Muppets' The Christmas Toy DVD

The Muppets' The Christmas Toy VHS

The Muppets' The Christmas Toy VHS

A beloved Christmas film, which had a controversial re-release on DVD in 2009.

The Christmas Toy is a well loved film. In this story, Kermit acts as Santa Claus and introduces the story of Rugby the Tiger, a boy's favorite Christmas toy from the previous year. Rugby is worried that he is going to be replaced by a new Christmas present this Christmas. All the toys try to reassure him that he will not be replaced, but he decides to put himself under the tree thus assuring that he would not be replaced by a new toy. There's something magical about the toys coming to life in this show as well as a sweet story.

This original version of The Christmas Toy story received near perfect customer reviews. However, not everyone is quite so thrilled with the DVD version, which cut out Kermit's introduction and removed the Old Friends, New Friends song in which Kermit joins in at the end. Others claim that if you didn't know what was missing, you would love the show anyway. We saw and enjoyed The Christmas Toy version that includes Kermit. If he is your reason for being interested in this film, you should know that he might not make an appearance in the DVD version. And you might also like to be aware that Kermit is the only Muppet you will recognize in this film.

I have illustrated this section with a picture that includes the DVD cover (at top) and two covers from the VHS version (second). The DVD cover and the VHS cover (on the right) does a better job of illustrating the other characters though Kermit features prominently the VHS videotapes but not at all on the DVD.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie (1992)

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens classic Christmas story is retold by The Muppets as a musical under the direction of Brian Henson, Jim Henson's son. You'll find Michael Caine magnificently playing Scrooge, Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his poor wife with other Muppets rounding out the cast. This was the first Muppet show in which The Muppets portrayed characters other than themselves and they turned out to be wonderful actors.

Travel with Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and enjoy this slightly unique version of this classic Christmas tale. We love how it contained the very American Muppets and the period setting of Charles Dicken's London, England.

Naturally, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a kid-friendly version, with Gonzo and Rizzo narrating and breaking up 'tense' moments. It is recommended for children of about age 6 and up, and is an excellent family Christmas movie choice. We re-watched this version of the Christmas Carol recently and enjoyed all of the cute critters - from singing vegetables and talking 'meece' to the usual cast of characters - and the humour and of course, the classic Christmas story.

The Guardian calls this show, "a magical extravaganza" and goes on to say, "Caine is a hilarious Scrooge in this irresistibly sweet musical adaptation of Dickens’ festive tale."

A Muppet Family Christmas Television Special (1998)

A Muppet Family Christmas

A Muppet Family Christmas

A Muppet Family Christmas features both the Muppet gang and the Sesame Street cast. They are all at Fozzie's mom's farmhouse where they celebrating Christmas Eve. It is a musical program and the sing-along includes eight songs and plenty of humour and, of course, the beloved Muppets.

Besides the regular cast, this program includes the Muppet Band, Big Bird, the Swedish Chef, Ernie and Bert and even an appearance by Jim Henson.

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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

Perhaps NOT the best-ever Christmas film for your family.

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie generated plenty of controversy when it was released because of the not-so-innocent adult references. The Muppet programs have always had humour for adults but not in a way that would be unsuitable for children. This one definitely crossed that line making it a fine choice for adult muppet fans but one to be wary of if children will be watching. References to topless dancers, 'hot' women, sexual teasing and more might go over some children's heads but seem inappropriate to us and to many other people in a Muppets movie.

If you are not showing It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas to children, you will love it. It is a beautifully done Christmas story that was funny and shared a number of pop culture references that we enjoyed, we would recommend this movie for all 'grown-up' Muppet fans.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Television Special (2008)

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Television Special

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Television Special

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa was a 2008 television special that featured your favorite Muppet characters preparing for the holidays...ah that is, Kermit and Miss Piggy getting ready to travel to the Caribbean; Gonzo to Hawaii; and Fozzie on a comedy tour -- everyone is busy. Kermit tries to convince them all to relax and they wind up helping the local postal workers. When they are done at the post office, Gonzo discovers that he has not mailed three letters to Santa. The gang puts their personal plans on hold to travel to the North Pole to give Santa those three letters.

You'll recognize a few human faces in this film, including Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman and Nathan Lane.

The List

Copy and paste this list or bookmark this page and comeback to make sure that you don't miss a single solitary Muppets holiday program.

  1. The Christmas Toy (1986)
  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie (1992)
  3. A Muppet Family Christmas Television Special (1998)
  4. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
  5. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Television Special (2008)

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© 2011 Treasures By Brenda

Do you enjoy The Muppets at Christmas?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 29, 2015:

It's a classic...of a Muppet sort, that is. Thanks for your visit!

Lynn Savitzky from New Jersey on April 24, 2015:

Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies.

anonymous on January 15, 2013:

I was wondering why can't the muppets and the Moopets ever get along with each other?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 07, 2013:

@anonymous: I think you might be referring to "A Muppet Family Christmas Television Special." You can read more about it on this page.

Rymom28 on December 24, 2012:

The Muppet Christmas Carol is my absolute favorite and we watched it early this year because I couldn't wait, but we might watch it again tomorrow. :)

anonymous on November 28, 2012:

I' trying to find a muppet Christmas movie that was only released in England. It's starts off with Fozzy Bear going to surprise his mother for Christmas. The whole slowly shows up for the holiday. There were some music copy right problems so it was nerver released here. HELP

MobileAppMan on January 10, 2012:

Muppet + Christmas = Good times.

anonymous on December 09, 2011:

fun lens, I just love the muppets :)

anonymous on November 21, 2011:

Gotta love the Muppets. Always a good time. Very nice lens!

anonymous on November 17, 2011:

Great lens and fun to read! You did a great job! One big Squidoo thumbs up vote left for you :)

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

I love them, I watched an interview on Ellen the other day and laughed my head off, it was an interview with Kermit. My grandchildren love them

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

did enjoy your tribute to the muppets! earned a happy 'thumbs up' from me too.

Joan4 on November 13, 2011:

Oh yes! The Muppets are always fun!

KimGiancaterino on November 12, 2011:

Absolutely! Wonderful job showcasing them here.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 12, 2011:

We had a Christmas record, then a CD of The Muppets. We loved (still do) that music. This is a great Muppet Christmas filmology list!

Dianne Loomos on November 12, 2011:

I'm sure many people have a tradition of Muppet Movies for Christmas. These will be great Christmas gifts.

DuaneJ on November 12, 2011:

What a great page, Brenda! I especially like the way you interact with the reader and yes, I love the Muppets. They bring a special charm to Christmas. I recently watched the Muppets Christmas Carol movie and enjoyed it. The songs were very well-written.

Close2Art LM on November 08, 2011:

I love the Muppets, great lens...:)rob

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